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Lock my keys inside my 1994 corolla. Can I use a slim jim to open the door?

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  1. yes you can
  2. it is easier to use a coat hanger
  3. on the pass side use a large screwdriver with a rag over the tip to pry the top edge of the door open slightly
  4. straighten then bend a 3/4 inch right angle on one end.
  5. insert the hanger from the top of door frame towards lock button.
  6. you may have to remove and rebend the hanger to a shape that will allow you to reach the button.
  7. wedge the back of the hanger against the glass pushing the tip of the right angle into the side of the button
  8. while twisting the hanger against the glass lift up
  9. repeat if neccessary

Posted on Sep 07, 2010

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The last owner was locked out of car and used slim jim to enter now when press remote or unlock from switch inside don't open the red light comes but door don't open but open with key


Sounds like the plastic clip that connects the mechanism together may have been damaged. Or the wiring harness was damaged i. The door. Depends on the car and how it's made

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After using slim jim car door will not open from outside or inside


You probably knocked the door linkage off during the slim jum operation, You will need to remove the inner door panel and re-connect the door handle linkage. Hopefully you did not break the plastic clip.

Jun 26, 2013 | 2005 Dodge Dakota

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Door won't open on the outside or inside after using a slim jim


you probably pulled the rod off of the handle lever. once you get into the truck. take off your inner door panel and re connect those rods. there should be 3 screws on the bottom of the inner door panel. remove those and then lift the panel up and out.

Jun 26, 2013 | Dodge Dakota Cars & Trucks

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How do I slim jim into my 2006 chevy colorado with the keys locked inside?


it depends if your door has the antitheft plate,most cars have them now,its just a small metal plate inside the door to stop a slim Jim,if you door has a lock pin you can hook with banding that's the way to get in,but you will need a wedge to open the top of the door just a few mm then take the banding fold it in half and push it in the gap then slide one half forward to open the banding hook the lock pin then close the banding and pop the lock ok.

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The drivers door will not open with the outside door handle but can be opened with the inside door handle.


inside the door on the release mechanism there are two rods held to the lock assembly by nylon clips. One is activated when you open the door from the inside the other from the outside. It sounds like one of the nylon clips has broken or come loose. This often happen after someone has locked their keys in the vehicle and used a slim jim to open the door.(a slim jim is a long flat piece of metal used to trip the lock from outside by inserting it between the window and the weatherstrip and activating the rod) Often during this process the rod is dislodged from the slot in the lock mechanism.

To access this you must first remove the inside door panel and the moisture barrier. You can then see if the rod is loose and if the clip is broken or just knocked loose. On some vehicles it's not possible to actually see the lock assembly and you have to feel your way through the process of checking for a broken clip or a loose rod.

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My wife locked our keys in our car its a 2002 how does the inside of the door look, or what do I have to do to slim jim the door open? if you got a pic of the inside of the door that would be a lot easier...


You will need two plastic wedges and a piece of stiff wire (wire coat hangars work remarkably well) or a slim jim.
Insert the wedges between the metal portion of the driver door and the window to allow easier access for the slim jim/wire.
Slide it to the location of the lock bar. Hook the lock bar and yank to the right. This should actuate the locking lever and unlock the door.

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How can i slim jim the door? (locked my keys


with out the right tools it will be verry hard also you can break your glass or knock a lock rod off.

THE best way to do this is if you have power locks find somthing you can use as a wedge EXAMPLE;screw driver.place the wedge between the dood and the car you may have to pry it open a little. now get a coat hanger and push the power lock button.

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I used a slim jim and now my door won't open from the outside.


Open up the door panel and put the control rod back on. that often happens when getting in that way...still cheaper than a locksmith or a window!! (clip is probably in the bottom of the door)

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